The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

March 8, 2016
by Evan-Moor

Math Activities for Pi Day

March 14 is known as Pi Day and it’s also the birthday of Albert Einstein. The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California, began Pi Day celebrations over 25 years ago that have now captured the attention of math enthusiasts, globally. The … Continue reading

May 27, 2015
by jessicaonkenevanmoor

One Teacher’s Story: Using Daily Phonics for Assessment

In my first-grade classroom, I use a variety of Evan-Moor daily practice titles for quick lessons and easy assessments. While I don’t always use the lessons sequentially, I’ve found that these titles are valuable to help students practice a skill … Continue reading

April 21, 2015
by Evan-Moor

Emergency Substitute Lesson Plans

All teachers quickly learn that staying home sick is so much more work than just going to school! We’ve all gone into school on days when we know we should have stayed home. But what if it wasn’t so much … Continue reading

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February 11, 2015
by Evan-Moor

For the Love of Letters: Giving Kids Purposeful Writing Practice

Dear Homeschoolers, Isn’t it fun to get a REAL letter in the mail? You know how you are sorting through the bills, the junk mail, and then…there it is: a REAL letter. It makes you smile, right? I would guess … Continue reading

February 14, 2014
by Evan-Moor

Do microphones and amplifiers have a place in the elementary classroom?

Twenty-five years ago my husband purchased “deluxe” karaoke equipment. Through my “teacher eyes” I saw a powerful educational tool. Why not use a microphone and amplifier in my classroom? I immediately wrote a small grant; it was awarded, and the … Continue reading